The 23-year-old was placed on waivers by Montreal on Monday in order to be assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Palushaj had been cleared by doctors to return from a left shoulder injury.
The speedy winger had one goal and four assists in 38 games for the Canadiens last season. He had seven goals and three assists in 21 games for Hamilton before his injury this season.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic